London-based FLACQ has agreed to join Arup Associates (AA), spelling the end for the five-year old practice
The firm’s figureheads, the quartet of ex-Richard Rogers Partnership stars James Finestone, Marcus Lee, Hal Currey and Kim Quazi, have now become directors at AA. The practice’s other five members will also be ‘integrated’ into the global giant.
The name FLACQ will officially disappear on 5 April when the practice - once 30 strong - is wound down.
Hal Currey told the AJ the move created a ‘massive opportunity’ for the four main architects who all had ‘a big practice background [and wanted] to get involved with big projects’.
He said: ‘The loss of a name is not a big issue. Architects are more interested in building projects.
‘The last 18 months threw up a challenge and we had been sitting, waiting for funding on a host of schemes. So there is also a degree of impatience here. We want to get things built.’
It is understood the ‘merger’ was instigated by AA which approached FLACQ in the first instance - a move which AA describes ‘reflects the universal appeal of [its] meritocratic, forward-looking design studio.’
All the schemes currently being designed and delivered under the FLACQ name - such as the project close to the US embassy down in Nine Elms, Battersea - will be completed under the FLACQ banner.